Admittedly, dealing with propaganda is not easy. It's easier for those who spread lies: Gazprom and Putin don't have to prove anything. Her claims also so often fall on fertile ground, both with conspiracy theorists and with ordinary people worried about how to pay their gas and electric bills.
It is tedious to always counter with facts. But there is no alternative. Siemens Energy's refusal to comment on allegations from Moscow makes it unnecessarily easy for the propagandists.
Over the weekend, Gazprom announced another halt to gas supplies through Nord Stream 1. The gas company made several factual claims that only Siemens Energy can refute. The Russians claim they have to stop the supposedly only working turbine for three days to carry out the required maintenance. The Siemens manual prescribes such an inspection every 1000 operating hours. The maintenance is carried out by Siemens technicians.
It would be easy for Siemens Energy to confirm or deny these claims. And yet the group is silent. It is on this silence that Putin's lies thrive. It doesn't help if unnamed experts assure you that none of this is true. On the contrary, this whispering provides arguments for those who like to pick up on the Kremlin's lies.
Siemens Energy has changed its strategy in the cause several times. At first, everything about the turbine serviced in Canada was at least a trade secret, if not a state secret. Then suddenly the Chancellor himself posed in front of the machine. Sure: there are constraints. The decisions in these politically sensitive communication issues will probably not be made by the group alone. And yet there can be no reason to simply let false statements by Gazprom stand.
It is such unchallenged claims that allow the Schröders, Kubickis and Wagenknechts of the Republic to sow doubts: Maybe we should try Nord Stream 2 after all? But there are no technical problems, the turbines are available and the pipeline is working. The fact that no gas is flowing is a decision made by Putin in the energy war against the West. Siemens Energy has to state this clearly again and again. The silence is fatal.